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Jeremiahs Run

February 24, 2000



Performance dates

Where: Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St.

Cover: $3

Reception following

Where: Tunnicliff's, 222 Seventh St. SE, Washington, D.C.

Where: Jumpin Java Coffee House, Charles Town, W.Va.


The band's CD can be purchased at:

- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park bookstore

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- Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

- www.jeremiahsrun.com

By BRENDAN KIRBY / Staff Writer

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A resident of this historical town on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers had an eerie dream several years before the Civil War about an accident at the armory.

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In the dream, which was recorded in Joseph Barry's "The Strange Story of Harpers Ferry," a rock falls on two men who are working in the armory.

Moments later, Barry discovered the dream was a premonition.

One man died. The other, Edward Savin, survived.

Several years later, Savin's clothes were riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes during the Battle of Bull Run. But Savin received not a scratch.

The bizarre tale is the inspiration of "The Ballad of Edward Savin," one of the songs on a new compact disc about Harpers Ferry.

"Somehow or other, he dodged death twice," said Keith Lyndaker, founder and lead singer of Jeremiahs Run, which released the CD late last year. "I thought this would make a great song."

The album, "Village of Convergence," features songs and stories about Harpers Ferry. It is the offspring of Lyndaker's four-week stint as artist-in-residence at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park last summer.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to take time to just concentrate on music," he said. "I talked with the staff quite a bit, did research in the library and tried to find stories."

The resulting CD, which is filled with those stories, can be purchased at the park's bookstore, Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and on the Internet at www.jeremiahsrun.com.

Another song, "Mr. Shepherd," describes the story of Heyward Shepherd, a black man who became the first victim of John Brown's famous raid on the town in 1859.

Lyndaker, 32, said he was struck by the irony that Shepherd was the first to die in Brown's campaign to free the town's slaves.

Lyndaker started the band in 1997 and named it after a creek south of Front Royal, Va. He said he never expected to find such rich stories during his research. But everything came together, he said, even the name of the album: "Village of Convergence."

"Harpers Ferry is a place where a lot of things come together," he said, pointing to the town's history and the two rivers that intersect there.

Jeremiahs Run produced two other CDs and two tapes, but "Convergence" is the first that doubles as a CD ROM.

The CD can be played as a traditional CD, and when used on a computer, shows pictures of the town and band, information about the instruments and band members, lyrics, explanations of the songs and more.

Users also can read histories of the musical instruments and hear how they sound by replaying the songs with the selected instrument playing louder than normal.

"All these songs were based in history, and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to do something like this," said guitarist Brett Sherman, who did the graphics and design work for the CD. "We're hoping this will be used in schools at some point."

Sherman, 29, of Harpers Ferry, runs his own firm, GeekStudios. He said the technical work took most of a three-day weekend.

"It takes a lot of time to design it and program it all and make sure it was all working smoothly," he said. "Every day was like a 12-hour day."

The band performs about twice a month from Harrisonburg, Va., to Washington, D.C. Lyndaker said he would like to concentrate more heavily on his music career.

"I've been doing this since I was a kid," he said.

Sherman said the CD has gone over well so far.

"I'm very happy with it. People seem to be enjoying it. Everybody seems to be amazed by the interactivity of it," he said.

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